Monte B Cowboy
Sep 16, 2013 11:37am
Wake of The Colorado Flood
It was just reported that Larimer County alone has 1000 people still stranded, 1500 homes destroyed, and 250 businesses destroyed. Helicopters are flying now. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if more than 100,000 homes and businesses are damaged or destroyed. Road damage is beyond epic.
Yesterday Colorado emergency management officials released an initial estimate that said the ongoing flooding across 15 Colorado counties had damaged or destroyed nearly 19,000 homes.
The Colorado Office of Emergency Management estimated Sunday on its website that 17,494 homes have been damaged and 1,502 destroyed.
In addition, 11,700 people have been evacuated and a total of 1,253 people are unaccounted for.
Colorado has just changed for years and decades!
There are countless road closures everywhere: flooding; sinkholes; wash-outs; bridges underwater, over-topped, or washed away; roadways are buckled or washed away. Ditto for stretches of Railroad tracks. Places around Boulder got 20 inches of rain! The plains of Eastern Colorado are underwater. Helicopter flights were grounded today due to widespread rain. The rain is just letting up now at my place. Denver area is still getting rain. Bands of rainshowers will continue for tonight. The helicopters will begin flying again tomorrow, weather permitting.
I taped audio of the first accounts from the Boulder County Sheriff and Boulder officials, Larimer County Sheriff and Fort Collins officials, Colorado Governor, Colorado's U.S. Congressional delegation, and the Colorado National Guard liaison, after they and others made the first helicopter flights into, over and around some of our canyons. Statistics mentioned include Boulder Creek flow rates, Poudre River flow rates, and Estes Park and downstream reservoir capacity and flow rates. Rescue and evacuation of hundreds of people and hundreds of animals by Colorado National Guard and Fort Carson units are noted, including statistics for the assets being used to perform these operations.Colorado Flooding News Conference excerpts from September 13 and 14, 2013
Track 1: Boulder County sheriff and officials with city of Boulder, 21:12 excerpt, Sept 13
Track 2: Larimer County sheriff and officials with city of Fort Collins, 15:47 excerpt, Sept 13
Track 3: Gov Hickenlooper, Colo Congressional delegation, Nat'l Guard, 15:02 excerpt, Sept 14
source for Tracks 1 and 2:
Denver News Channel > Comcast cable > TV speaker audio > iPhone memo recorder
source for Track 3:
Denver's Channel 9 > Comcast cable > TV speaker audio > iPhone memo recorder
lineage: iPhone > iTunes > Samplitude ver 7.22 > 64 kb mp3
taped, remastered, and uploaded by Monte Barry
total running time is 52:02
The canyons of Colorado's front range are flooded out. The towns and cities along the Front Range were flooded over and over by this near-week-long rainstorm. Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, Colorado was flooded. Meanwhile, there is tremendous flooding in eastern Colorado. It is very bad.
Included in my item is a one-minute movie clip of the Poudre River flow at the spillway by College Avenue in Fort Collins while the bridge there was closed two days ago. Fort Collins appears to have "dodged a bullet for now", but it was raining pretty hard and widespread again today. It looked pretty bad!
Weather Underground screen capture image of Cheyenne, Wyoming Radar - noon, Sept 15, 2013
Yesterday I rode my bicycle through mud and debris along the Poudre River Trail, after the levels subsided a bit. Many of the bridges over the Poudre River were closed. I rode from downtown out to Bellvue. I made it to the Bellvue roadblock by the National Guard.
Monte on Patrol in Bellvue on Aug 6, 2013
This post was modified by Monte B Cowboy on 2013-09-16 18:37:07